Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits that have to be stored or transmitted and this particular process is quite important in the internet hosting field since information kept on HDDs is usually compressed to take less space. There are different algorithms for compressing information and they have different effectiveness based upon the content. A number of them remove only the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others remove unneeded bits, which results in worse quality once your data is uncompressed. This process needs plenty of processing time, therefore a web hosting server should be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data right away. An instance how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five sequential 1s, for example, rather than storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Hosting

The compression algorithm which we use on the cloud web hosting platform where your new hosting account will be created is named LZ4 and it is applied by the exceptional ZFS file system which powers the system. The algorithm is much better than the ones other file systems employ since its compression ratio is higher and it processes data significantly quicker. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed as this happens even faster than information can be read from a hard drive. As a result, LZ4 improves the performance of every site stored on a server which uses this particular algorithm. We take full advantage of LZ4 in an additional way - its speed and compression ratio let us generate a couple of daily backup copies of the whole content of all accounts and store them for thirty days. Not only do our backup copies take less space, but their generation does not slow the servers down like it often happens with some other file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

The ZFS file system which runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated server account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It is among the best algorithms out there and positively the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it can uncompress data much faster than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. In this way, using LZ4 will speed up every website that runs on a platform where the algorithm is enabled. The high performance requires plenty of CPU processing time, that is provided by the great number of clusters working together as a part of our platform. Furthermore, LZ4 enables us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and keep them for one month as they'll take much less space than standard backups and will be created considerably quicker without loading the servers.